Because of the covid-19 pandemic the Japanese film industry underwent a great number of cancellations and postponements. Though Ito should normally hit theaters on August 21, the 4 months delay (initial date was April 24) made it necessary to launch another promo campaign with new material and events.
Consequently and 6 weeks from its new nationwide theatrical release the production provided a new clip, a music video with footage from the film and the making of. The track is a (long) cover version of Miyuki Nakashima’s song performed by Masaki Suda and Huwie Ishizaki.
As Niko and… is about to release ‘Evolution’ (進化) a new CM-Short Film featuring brand’s ambassadors Suda Masaki and Komatsu Nana, let’s go back to the very first CM released by the lifestyle company on March 9 2018: 君とノートとコーヒーと. Directed by Yuichi Fukuda – Runtime: 10’34”.
Plot: in a small house coffee shop, a young woman pens down a note on a free-writing notebook, when she comes back to the place a stranger has left a reply. And there’s Momiji, the cat.
Plot from AsianWiki: “Natsume Mochizuki (Nana Komatsu) works as a teen model in Tokyo, but she learns that she has to move to her father’s hometown of Ukigumo. She is in a desperate situation because she can’t do the things she wants to do in Ukigumo. One day, she meets Koichiro Hasegawa (Masaki Suda). He is the successor of the Hasegawa family. His family is wealthy and is respected in the area. Natsume Mochizuki and Koichiro Hasegawa become attracted to each other, but something changes their fate”.
Review Excerpt: “Drowning loveis, besides being a rather unconventional love narrative, a demonstration of Yamato Yuki’s cinematographical talent. By framing the ever beautiful Nana Komatsu in concatenations of inventive compositions, Yuki Yamato succeeds in showing how cinematography as such can be used to communicate subjectivity in a romantic narrative. By evoking her subjectivity in a way that allows the spectator to feel like she feels, Yamato has created, despite the obvious romanticism, a sincere and believable account of Natsume’s first love”. Read the full review from Psycho Cinematography.
Nana Komatsu and Masaki Suda will be co-stars again in ‘Ito’ (Yarn) a new film directed by Takahisa Zeze (The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine, The Lowlife, Heaven’s story). Filming will go from July to September* in various locations: Tokyo, Hokkaido, Okinawa and Singapore. National release: 2020. *more scenes will be shot this winter.
The film is based on and inspired by Miyuki Nakajima’s song ‘Ito‘. It tells the story of people who met and fell in love at the beginning of the Heisei Era (1989-2019), parted and then met again at the end of the same era. Director Takahisa Zeze said it was difficult to convey what was in that song but added he found two people who had the determination, the delicateness and the courage to do it: Masaki Suda and Nana Komatsu.